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Published November 14, 2010, 07:46 PM

Some People Near Thief River Falls Still Waiting for Clean Water

Some people living in a mobile home park near Thief River Falls are complaining about the quality of water provided to their homes. They say they were promised improvements after their water bill more than doubled. But they're still waiting.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Some people living in a mobile home park near Thief River Falls are complaining about the quality of water provided to their homes.

They say they were promised improvements after their water bill more than doubled. But they're still waiting.

Matt Dokken purchased a water filter about six months ago, hoping to clean up his water supply.

"Just changed this a week ago, used to be white and now it is black," Dokken said.

Dokken lives in the Aaseby court mobile home park just outside the Thief River Falls city limits. He and some of his neighbors are protesting the poor quality water by not paying their bills.

Property owners in the park were promised in a letter two years ago by the owner of the well, Mike Skjerven, that water quality would improve if they agree to pay more than double the old water rates of $16 a month.

Skjerven doesn't depute the fact there is a high amount of sediment in the well water because of the age of the well and the pipes. But he says he is working on the upgrades, and adds that improvements will not be done to those residents who stopped paying their bills.

Dokken stopped paying his bill about a year ago.

"If you are going charge people money and you want people to be legitimate. You better start doing what you are going to do," Dokken said.

Skjerven planned to shut the water off today for those who haven't paid there bill in months. Skjerven says Dokken's water will stay on for now since he didn't give him the needed 30 day notice.

"Somebody needs to do something, get us some decent water. At least til spring. Property owners can try and get a well put in," Dokken said.

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